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whet

Hebrew: שָׁנַן —transliteration: shanan —meaning: to sharpen; to whet

Hebrew: לָטַשׁ —transliteration: latash —meaning: to hammer, sharpen, whet

Hebrew: קָלַל —transliteration: qalal —meaning: to be slight, swift or trifling

“Whet” is an old English verb meaning to sharpen. A stone was generally used to sharpen knife, swords and other sharp objects. It is called a “whetstone.”

“If the iron be blunt [dull], and he do not whet the edge”… (Ecclesiastes 10:10 KJV)

“If I whet my glittering sword…” (Deuteronomy 32:41 KJV)

“…he will whet his sword…” (Psalm 7:12 KJV)

“Hide me from the secret counsel of the wicked; from the insurrection of the workers of iniquity: Who whet their tongue like a sword, and bend their bows to shoot their arrows, even bitter words” (Psalm 64:3 KJV)

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Article Version: August 24, 2019